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esprit de i'escalier

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  • You are quite right - the slip of an i where an l was intended.

    December 7, 2008

  • Presumably this should be esprit de l'escalier or esprit d'escalier.

    Though I think the former is more common in French, both are used with roughly equal frequency in English, using the number of googlehits as a metric.

    I would disagree mildly about the difficulty of translation, as the word Treppenwitz exists in German to describe the same concept, and it is straightforward to explain in English - it just needs a phrase, rather than a single word. But there's nothing particularly difficult or exotic about the feeling in question.

    This is a fun list, though I'm not sure the name is optimal. There are several Wordie lists with similar ideas floating around - many with titles along the line "they have a word for it" or "it has a name". My list Let's get back to our enraged sheep : grandma's in the nettles again looks at the way in which certain proverbs and sayings morph across different languages. I used to have a list featuring words from the "The meaning of Tingo", but the overall level of scholarship in that book is so shoddy, I eventually deleted it.

    December 7, 2008